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5 problems that threatened Barcelona this season

Jidonu Mauyon
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10.53K   //    17 May 2018, 13:30 IST

Barcelona v Sevilla - Spanish Copa del Rey Final
Barca won the Copa del Rey and La Liga in a great season.

It is true that losing basically means learning. Barcelona might have won two important trophies this season, but the story behind their success is not as rosy as the results suggest.

From pre-season to the closing stages of the campaign, the Catalans have battled through many challenges. The loss of Neymar, the board crisis and a slow start to the season are just a few of the issues that threatened the club's success this season.

Still, the Blaugrana responded well to the challenges, as they fought their way to both the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey trophies. With that being said, let's explore the problems that threatened Barcelona's fantastic season.


#5 Departure of Neymar

Neymar Signs For PSG
Neymar joined PSG in the summer

In one of Barca's worst nightmares in recent years, the Catalan giants lost their valued asset Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a highly complicated deal. The Brazilian departed the Camp Nou in the summer after the French side decided to pay the release clause in his contract worth €222 million.

This was a very big problem for the club, as they did not expect the player to leave after just recently renewing his contract. Moreover, the superstar departed the club when he was needed the most. He was the brightest young player in the squad and he also helped to reduce the workload on the aging Lionel Messi. His departure also brought an end to Barcelona's popular 'MSN' trident, angering the Camp Nou fans.

Also read: 5 reasons why Barcelona should re-sign Neymar

Neymar's transfer put Barcelona in a desperate position to sign a replacement. Therefore, they highlighted Borussia Dortmund's starlet Ousmane Dembele and Liverpool's playmaker Philippe Coutinho. While they got their hands on the former, they could only recruit the latter in January.

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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